HAWS Provides Shelter for Unwanted Puppies
HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, is open and available for the dogs of breeders affected by the new puppy mill legislation.
New fears have been expressed that unwanted puppy mill stock will be abandoned by breeders to avoid compliance with Wisconsin’s new Act 90 legislation.
Several of the state’s shelters have already noticed an increase in purebred stray dogs arriving at their facilities. These dogs have gone unclaimed after their hold periods, indicating possible “dumping” or abandonment situations.
“HAWS assures sanctuary for all animals in need, regardless of age, breed, health or temperament – that is not only our mission statement but also our promise to our community,” notes HAWS’ Executive Director Lynn Olenik. “We are here to help – including help for those breeders in our county finding themselves in need because of the new law. HAWS does not have a fee for animals that are surrendered to our facility, and we would much rather see animals come to us then be turned loose to fend for themselves.”
HAWS is open to accept surrenders from Waukesha County seven days a week. Once surrendered, all pets are given complete medical check-ups, are spayed or neutered and receive basic vaccinations. Before being placed for adoption they receive behavioral evaluations to ensure placement with the best home to fit their needs, or to allow HAWS Mod Squad™ time to work through any issues the dogs may have.